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St. Feuillien Saison | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien SaisonSt. Feuillien Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by joe1510 on 05-11-2009

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Photo of breakingbland
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Appearance: A cloudy golden orange. Poured with a 1/4" head that dissipated quickly into a ring of foam.

Aroma: Sweet with slight spice. Very little funk. Overall, not a strong aroma.

Taste: A nice balance between funk and sweet. Sweet orange predominates with spice and maybe a slight hint of tobacco. The hops presence is low.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a nice body with soft carbonation.

Overall: I liked this beer and will have it again. It is a good example of the style without being too far out for someone trying this style for the first time.

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Photo of mick303
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into tulip, colour was a cloudy yellow orangey gold, unfiltered with a lot of carbonation, good initial rocky white head leaving some residual lacing.

S- notes of lemon and horse blanket, barny, some passion fruit maybe, spiced apple, harvest fruits and some dun age woodiness, good light saison style aromas.

T- a light start with nice fruity and farmhouse notes, leading to a dry balanced finish. Some sweetness to it, firm maltiness, some nice floral and spicy notes, not too pronounced but a decently balanced saison.

M - mouth filling carbonation, a light balanced body, hides the strength fairly well with a light coating session able body. Not a ton of yeasty esters, there are some but it's mostly a firm session saison with some fruity/spicy notes.

A good classic saison, some light sweetness, and could maybe be a touch drier but all round a balanced and tasty saison. I like a bit more barny funkiness but this is nice as it is, worth trying.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like all good Saisons, this one showcases both sun and clouds; its bottom portion is a radiant golden-yellow while its top is encapsulated by a puffy, cottony, white mass. A classic warm-weather style, this beer definitely looks like it was designed for summer drinking.

St. Feuillien Saison smells like it was made in a barn. That's the right idea. It has a light mustiness and a faintly funky breeze with an air of hay and dried grains, but also the bright floral and citrus fruit qualities to give it some lift and keep it smelling more 'fresh' than 'dank'.

Saisons - if done properly - all taste pretty similar: orchard and citrus fruit, peppery spice, cereal grains and bready sweetness. What differentiates the truly great from the 'meh' is the measure of satisfaction you get from the experience and the degree to which you're excited to drink it again.

Let's put it this way: I liked this beer enough to buy it again, but that had as much to do with it being reasonably priced as it did my enjoyment of it. It's a solid Belgian farmhouse ale with little to distinguish it but its quality ingredients and time-honoured recipe (and a little lemon zest).

I'm not surprised that St. Feuillien does summer as well as they do winter (Cuvée De Noël) and spring (Easter Beer). Belgians may be born into a rich beer culture but that doesn't make them intrinsically good brewers; it takes time, skill, and experience to do justice to the country's great styles. This brewery has all that, and their beers certainly do the country's traditions proud.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle to a tulip.

A: pours a hazy orange/gold with a full and fluffy three finger head that remains persistent for a good five minutes before starting to break. When it does break it leaves a small island of foam and some minor lacing behind.

S: yeast and funkiness, some grassiness, malts, cloves and spices.

T: yeast, peppery, a touch of coriander and some sour stone fruits.

M: very high carbonation that stings the tongue, but a medium body in spite of this. A somewhat dry finish.

O: the high carbonation was quite distracting when drinking this beer, but once used to it, there is some character to this saison. I do enjoy saisons, but I do not think I would have another of these if offered, given better choices at the same price point.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml brown bottle purchased from LCBO for something around $3 CDN. Served well-chilled into glassware.

Appearance - Orangey, yellowish honey brown, it has great rich color and a fine off-white head that was about a finger and a half thick. It didn't last too long but did leave some remnants around the sides of the glass, before coalescing into a soapy residue on top. Very hazy.

Smell - Some funkiness form the yeasts, but also a nice floral bouquet that comes out as it warms and something in the background that is peppery. Also some fruitiness in there that is fairly common among the style but the other items listed are more noticeable because of their distinctiveness.

Taste - Not quite as sweet as perhaps I was expecting although that is consistent with the aroma. There's a certain spiciness and peppery characteristic that follows through to the taste. Bitterness is mild, but apparent. A rather tough beer to nail down on its flavors other than there's quite a bit going on and it tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Crazy high carbonation, yet a moderate body and feel in the mouth. This can lead to a tingling sensation on the tongue.

Overall - A pretty good saison, but as it's generally not my preferred style, its only solid across the board. Not something I'd purchase with frequency it nevertheless is a good and interesting take on the style.

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Photo of matjack85
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $8 for an 11.2 oz aluminum can served in a brandy snifter. No freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy gold color, similar to that of pineapple juice. I only got a ½-finger's worth of white head that dissipated in under :30 secomds and left very little lacing.

The beer smelled like a can of fruit cocktail along with some bready malt.

Juicy fruit flavor along with bready malt. Not a lot of Belgian yeast flavor or hop bitterness, but they are there in trace amounts.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

It's drinkable, but just an average saison.

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Photo of ksimons
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-poured from a can, a hazy golden with visible sediment with two fingers worth of white head that disappears somewhat quickly to leave a layer of lace

S-pale bready malt, sweet fruitiness, a bit of citrus, and a large amount of Belgian yeast

T-taste is very nice, not as sweet as the smell suggests. Bready malt backbone, melon and peachy sweetness, light floral hops, spice, and a nice funky yeast finish

M-medium body, moderate to high carbonation

Overall seemed a bit too sweet in the smell, but the taste is very enjoyable

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Photo of spinrsx
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, breads/grains, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste oranges, cloves and lemons. There is also some breads/grains and a candied orange peel type flavour.

Overall - There is a slight medicine like flavour going on, but other than that pretty solid stuff. Lots of vibrant flavours and a high amount of carbonation make this a great refreshing beer for the warmer months.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.50 or so for a 330ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a whiskey glass.

A- Opened a bit too well foaming all over. Nice cloudy appearance

S- Here is an example of yeasty yeast. Wow this one has a bite to it. Nice citrus nose

T- Bang as usual for a nice sour Saison. Definitely has a coriander underlay

M- Pretty good. Noting special though

O- Very good. Will buy again. Nice to have this level of yeast on the tongue every once in a while.

Food Pairing

This nice little Saison paired well with.... Sushi! I rolled a wonderful dragon roll and it paired well

Enjoy

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Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.2 can stamped AA-114-08:41. Sampled on March 8, 2014. I saw this in both the expensive bottle and the cheaper can and went with the cheaper can.

Golden yellow pour with some cloudiness but otherwise fairly clear. Quick-lived white fizzy head and moderate carbonation.

The aroma brings out a meaty-fruit character and more precisely peaches. It feels like it is going to be very juicy. Otherwise I get some biscuit malts, light yeast, and little to no hop bite.

Light to medium body but overall refreshing.

Aggressive biscuit malt and peach character at the start and some vague pepper and spice in the background. Clean finish. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of bmwats
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl can into a teku.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles pretty quickly, but leaves a foam blanket and some nice beer ring lacing.

S: Yeast, with very light hints of orange citrus.

T: Yeast, apricot, orange, banana, and a touch of raspberry.

M: Light and bready. Pungent finish that lingers on the palate.

D: Almost sessionable, but a little too bready.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Decent head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is yeasty with various fruity components. Yeasty, with tropical and citrus fruits. Very bready. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: a big and solid brown 750mL bottle with a classic old-school label. Looks like quality.

Appearance: pours a vibrant, hazy amber yellow with plenty of fine carbonation. Plenty of small floaties racing throughout the profile thanks to the spritzy carbonation. A white fluffy head hangs around the one-finger mark for a couple of minutes before settling to a solid ring. Almost no lacing. A great looking beer.

Aroma: quite mild on the nose - some bread malts, orchard fruits and mild spice. Not really all that much to it.

Taste: an astonishing saison. Belgian yeasts, orchard fruits - specifically apples and pears - pepper, spices and some astringent citrus. A true pleasure.

Aftertaste: flavours hang about for quite a time. A good sessional beer, but also something that one could share and chat for the evening on the back deck.

Mouth feel: perhaps a bit too spritzy for the style. Very easy to put back, which is a bit of an issue when it is 6.5% ABV and AU$13 a bottle. None-the-less, good drinking.

Overall: not the best Saison I have had to date but still a pretty darn good beer. When the price of AU$13 a 750mL bottle is taken into account, I'd say this one goes pretty close to the top.

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Photo of LI_PO12
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Hazy golden with not much head despite a fairly aggressive pour

Aroma- Very phenolic, funky yeast, pepper, apple and pear esters, bready malts, slight herbal hops, slight booze

flavor- Bready malts, phenolic funk, less fruity in the flavor, clove, slightly tart and some booze, strange aftertaste

Mouthfeel- A bit heavy for a saison, but not bad, ok carbonation

Overall- Not sure how old this is maybe a fresher version is better, but I wasn't thrilled with it. Its not bad by any means and worth a try but I've had many better saisons.

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Photo of anarchia
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very hazy orange with a sudsy head, not a lot of lacing left behind. Head retention is somewhat lacking. Strong and confusing aroma with lots of flavors I can pick out and probably a lot that I'm missing: apples, honey, lemon, coriander, oranges, heat from alcohol. Taste is not my thing but may be yours. Heavy on the black peppercorn, which I'm not a fan of in Saisons or any other beer, some coriander and nutmeg (very spicy in general), pear, banana and other more subtle fruit flavors behind all that spice. Finishes dry but with a very weird aftertaste to my buds: soapy, which is a bummer. There are probably people out there who would appreciate this beer a lot but I am not fortunate to be one of them.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Some floaties are present. Smell has some fruitiness to it. Taste is yeasty, some spice, fruits, a touch of alcohol, pretty flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good brew.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which seems to be receding rather quickly. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a hazy, pale amber which appears as cloudy, golden straw when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Nothing overwhelming but still quite nice. Notes of apple surface first, followed by some banana and cloves, a little bit of Belgian yeast. There is also a subtle perfume/floral quality to the aroma- it reminds me a bit of fresh laundry. These fade with apple and banana being left behind as the dominant notes. Subtle but nice.

Taste- Fairly strong taste of Belgian yeast- complete with spice, perfume, and floral characteristics. Lots of cloves. The banana and apple of the nose get really buried- this beer is much more of a phenol bomb. Some pepper and other spices on the finish. There isn't much of a linger- the finish is pretty dry. Some citrus (mostly lemon) starts to appear after subsequent tastes. Some melon and peach notes seem to mix with the overarching clove profile. Seems to be a decent saison but I do prefer much less clove. An above average beer but a mediocre saison. Slight astringency to the overall flavor profile. Doesn't really detract though. Fairly enjoyable beer- it simply seems lesser in comparison to the great saisons out there.

Mouthfeel- A light more than light bodied with a slight tinge of syrup. Light carbonation. A bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing once the cloves start to mellow. The price was pretty reasonable (I think)- 2 to 3 bucks a can? I could see buying it again.

Overall- Above average to good beer. Nowhere near best in style but definitely with in the parameters. Worth a try, especially if you are looking for a budget saison. Though, I might try out Stillwater for that. Could see myself buying this again.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy orange/light brown color with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Malty, a bit sour, a bit herbal
T: Matches the nose- mostly malts with hints of herbs & a touch sour
M: Medium-bodied, a bit of carbonation
O: Tasty but nothing particularly memorable

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Photo of Fuzzycranium
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

wonderful tall 11.2 ounce can. Appearance is is straw with good carbonation and moderate white head. Lots of small carbonated bubbles. Aroma is fruity/flowery/boozy. Love the mouthfeel as it seems like the carb continues or maybe even increases. Flavor moves from citrus tang through warming clean dry crisp finish.

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden orange color with a half finger off-white head that immediately fades. Poor retention with minimal to no lacing.

Slightly earthy, musty aroma with a blend of peppery spice, bread/yeast and light fruit esters. Farmhouse funky yeast with grass, straw and barnyard along with pepper, clove, banana bread, and apple. Opens up nicely after warming to an appropriate temperature.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with soft carbonation and a zesty, peppery spice presence that lingers over the subtle funk, yeast and light fruit notes into a slightly dry finish. Strong spice character up front with pepper, coriander and ginger flavor which is nicely complimented by sweet citrus rind toward the finish. Slightly dry and earthy farmhouse presence with grass, straw and very subtle funk. Decent bready yeast character with banana and minimal bubblegum flavor. Sweet ester-y light fruit notes towards the finish, notably apple and pear along with tart and crisp lemon/citrus peel. Well balanced decently complex with a well masked ABV. Refreshing and very easy to drink. Another solid beer from this under appreciated brewery.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL narrow can into a tulip.

Appearance: murky light-golden hue. Head is a finger of pillowy ivory foam. I think it looks quite nice.

Smell: the aroma is quite light, with a little bit of sweetness and a little bit of funk. There is also a slightly fruity element here. I like the composition, but the intensity is a bit light.

Taste: funky, earthy and a little buttery. Hops are apparent here where they weren't in the aroma; earthy and almost minty. There's definitely a lot more flavor here than the aroma would suggest, but I find it a bit muddled and imbalanced. It's not bad, but it could be better.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation that yields a nice, mouth-filling creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this beer has an interesting flavor profile, but I don't see myself going back to this well anytime soon.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a Cora supermarket in Luxembourg. Cloudy golden-orange pour with a beautiful three finger fluffy white head with great retention and decent lacing. Nice citrusy, earthy, complex nose with hints of grass, pear, yeast, banana, lemon, biscuit, caramel, and some subtle orange and clove. The taste follows suit with lots of complexity as well. Hints of white pepper, lemon zest, pear, caramel, Belgian yeast, grass, orange, clove, and some subtle barnyard. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing and incredibly drinkable, getting more enjoyable as it warmed. Overall, I'm kicking myself because this is one of those readily available and affordable beers that you sometimes just take for granted. I'm not a huge fan of Saisons, but have recently been exposed to some really good ones. I'll definitely be stocking up next time I'm in Belgium!

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Photo of Libationguy
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark amber color with yellow and amber hues. Off-white 2-finger pillowy head. Medium+ retention with spotty lacing.

Banana, clove, melon, citrus zest, clean malt, buscuit, mild mustiness.

Banana, clove, melba toast, very mild hop bitterness.

Medium+ bodied, but thins out slightly in the mid palate before picking up again in the finish.

Nicely balanced with a long finish. Alcohol is well integrated in the beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1PT 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
Bottled in 2012 according to the cork

A - It is amber. Actually, it is almost orange with golden highlights. Like most saisons, I poured about three quarters of a glass of off-white head.

S - I get some spicy Belgian yeast. I smell some pear, too.

T - The taste is spicy and has banana and clove. I notice a little of that pear, as well.

M - It has a champagne feel.

O - This is a nice saison. It is kind of lackluster in flavor, but it is still decent.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz. can, with a freshness code printed on the bottom. Definitely not about to look it up. My first encounter with this brewery and this beer, saw a single can at the local beer store. Trying to expand my palate for Belgian style beers, so here goes.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a nice bright hazed peachy orange colored body with about two fingers of creamy fluffy white head on top.

S - The nose is surprising. Nice earthy caramel malt presence, crisp citrus / pine hop presence, some lemon peel, grainy corn / wheat smells, and some herbal spice rack notes.

T - Taste is a different story, with not nearly as much pine hop presence. More of an earthy maltiness, grainy corn, and lager yeast reminiscent of some India imported lagers I've had before. Not really getting any of those traditional Belgian elements like banana, clove, or funk at all.

M - Feel is crisp and clean, with a bit of of a sticky sugary sweetness lingering on the palate. Bit of a coppery / metallic aftertaste.

Overall, not a bad beer by any means, but probably not a very traditional saison based on my experience with the style, and not exactly high on it's delivery of flavor and complexity. Still, it is a well crafted and approachable beer, and I look forward to trying more from Belgium's Brasserie St. Feuillien.

St. Feuillien Saison ---3.5/5

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Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gotta love canned Belgian beer in the summer weekend cooler!

Pours hazed and dull looking apricot, the off white head is not long lasting, but does leave a layer of low sheeting and a fine bubble film.

Fruity nose with some coriander and mild spicing.

On the palate this is a weird one, good thing saison is such a broad ranging style...I get a variety of flavors with pepper, corainder, licorice, allspice, and ripe fruit all coming to mind.

Moderate hops tightining up things in the finish.

Not my favorite saison but still happy to have given it a try.

Went pretty well with some minerally raw clams.

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St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
86 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.